The Board focuses on the strategic governance of Wellington Free Ambulance. The Board employs the Chief Executive and delegates responsibility for the daily leadership and management of the organisation to them.
The Wellington Free Ambulance Board at 1 June 2014 are:
Ross Martin, Chair
“I'm involved because I want to play my part in ensuring that its services remain ‘free’ and of the highest quality.”
Ross joined the WFA Board in 2007. He is a chartered accountant and a graduate of the Stanford University Advanced Management programme. He is currently the Chairman of Wellington Zoo and also holds other directorships.
For 17 years Ross was Chairman and CEO of Stagecoach Asia Pacific, where he headed the successful expansion from 180 buses in Wellington to over 2,350 buses, ten ferries and 7,000 employees in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.
Ross believes that Wellington Free Ambulance has a vitally important role in the life of Wellingtonians.
Kerry Prendergast CNZM, Deputy Chair
“If you have had cause to use emergency services you know their true value in a time of need. To be able to provide that service free to all Wellingtonians is wonderful. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to help the service continue.”
Kerry is the former Mayor of Wellington and former Vice-President of Local Government New Zealand. She holds an MBA from Victoria University.
Kerry joined the WFA Board in 2013. She is currently Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority, Tourism New Zealand, the New Zealand International Arts Festival Trust, and also the Wellington Jazz Music Festival Trust. She is a Director of Kirkcaldie and Stains and WorkSafe New Zealand, and a Trustee of the New Zealand Community Trust, the Endangered Species Foundation. Kerry is also a Board member of the Motu Foundation, the Netball Central Zone, Phoenix Football Club and on the Advisory Boards of the Office of the Auditor General and FishHead Magazine.
Kerry was awarded a CNZM in 2011 for her services to local government, and is a distinguished Alumni of Victoria University.
Catherine joined the WFA Board in 2013. She is a marketing and communications specialist with a background in the music industry. She operated her own company looking after the interests of leading artists in the UK before emigrating to the Wairarapa.
She has held senior management roles in a number of organisations, and formed her own marketing and communications consultancy, PRomote Communications, in 2010. She headed-up the highly-successful 2011 Rugby World Cup activity in the region. Catherine was appointed by the New Zealand Rugby Union as the first woman to serve on the Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Union Board. She is also a member of the Wairarapa District Licensing Committee.
Catherine is passionate about Wellington Free Ambulance and her goal is to raise the profile of the organisation within the Wairarapa, where “it plays such a vital role in both the urban and rural communities”.
Alan has a long career in accounting, corporate advisory work, and a wide range of directorships. He began as an audit clerk with Patrick Feil which later helped found KPMG. During the 80s his expertise in helping struggling corporates through a process of recovery saw him become involved in many assignments where organisations reshaped themselves so that they could continue to trade, gain the best possible realisation of their assets.
During his ten years as Chairman of Partners of KPMG, Alan guided the organisation through a highly successful period of growth and structural change, firmly establishing the organisation’s reputation as an employer of choice.
In recent years Alan has held high profile directorships for organisations both here and overseas, including President of the International Cricket Council, Chairman of Cricket NZ Inc, Chair of the Audit Committees for Sport and Recreation NZ, and Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd in the lead up to the rugby world cup.
Stephen is a partner in the corporate and commercial department of Simpson Grierson. He advises corporations and crown entities on all aspects of corporate governance, statutory compliance, companies law, mergers and acquisitions, overseas investment in New Zealand and related issues.
Stephen also has more than 25 years' experience establishing, managing, amalgamating and winding up life and general insurance companies, superannuation schemes, KiwiSaver schemes, and other investment vehicles.
Stephen is an independent non executive director of ASX-listed Sydney Airport and of Sovereign Assurance Company Limited.
Stephen is a trustee of the LifeFlight Trust, a New Zealand Rugby Union Appeal Council member and the Independent Chair of the Advisory Council of the Financial Dispute Resolution Scheme.
Sue has more than 30 years’ experience in senior and general management roles in the cultural and government sectors, including her current role as executive direct for the New Zealand Festival.
Previous positions include general manager of marketing and communications for the Department of Conservation, general manager for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and marketing director for the International Festival of the Arts.
Sue brings to the Board a keen understanding of the cultural, business and government sectors, supported by commercial acumen, along with a flair for marketing and fundraising.
Ken has been a General Medical Practitioner in the suburb of Northland for more than fourty years. He is a graduate of Otago Medical School who completed his Clinical training at Wellington hospital and has postgraduate qualifications in Occupational Health and Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
Alongside practising his profession he has always been a small business owner/operator and currently owns and operates the Northland Village Surgery in partnership with Compass Health Primary Health Organisation. In addition currently he is the Primary Care Clinical Advisor to Capital & Coast District Health Board working in the Systems Integration & and Development Unit.
As Board Chair of Wellington After Hours Medical Services Ltd for 13 years he guided the development of this company into a sustainable commercial model that local GPs were keen to invest in. The Wellington Accident and Urgent Medical Clinic was transformed into the ACC Accredited facility it is today where General Practices provide out of hours care to Wellington City. He stood down from the WAMC Board in 2015.